Situated at the southern edge of the Burgundy region, the delightful “terroirs” of the “Terres Secrètes” (“Secret Lands”) are spread over the rolling, sunny landscape of the Mâconnais region. These “terroirs” are located, selected and defined in the form of specific parcels of land – some of which are tiny – where all the typical features of the particular plot are concentrated. The Terres Secrètes wine growers have marked out these distinct enclosures, perfectly identified plots like little gardens of Eden, selected for their remarkable exposure and the age of their vines.

Diversity of the soils

The wine-growing area follows the Bajocian geological link. Marked by a succession of characteristic rocky outcrops, it starts with the majestic Solutré rock, which leads on to the Vergisson rock; these are followed by Mont Sard, la montagne de Cras, la Roche Coche and ending at la Fa. The vines of the Vignerons des Terres Secrètes grow on various types of soil:

  • Les terrains calcaires,
    marno-calcaires ou calciques

    Le calcaire est une roche sédimentaire très présente en mâconnais. Les terrains calcaires sont souvent
    peu épais et très « pierreux » ce qui favorise le bon drainage et une pénétration en profondeur des
    racines de vignes. L’association du calcaire et de l’argile donne la « marne », très fréquente sur le
    vignoble des Terres Secrètes.

  • Les terrains argileux
    ou argilo-siliceux

    les argiles sont de fines particules arrachées aux roches par l'eau. Elles offrent des sols frais et
    acides, spécifiques du MÂCONNAIS, appelés les gryphées (présence de nombreux fossiles : Bélemnites...).
    Leur association avec le calcaire donne des sols de vigne particulièrement frais.

  • Les terrains siliceux,
    sur sous-sol granitique ou volcanique

    les roches siliceuses comme le sable ou le grès du mâconnais donnent des sols chauds et aérés, structurés par la présence de roche mère granitique ou volcanique.

A unique link with the land

  • The Terres Secrètes wine growers pamper and cosset their land. They respect biodiversity and adapt their working methods to the requirements of the land so that they can pass it on in good order to future generations!

    They monitor each plot extremely closely. Between May and August, the Vine and Land Manager inspects the vineyards of the cooperative wine growers to measure the maturity of the grapes, as well as the quality and yield of each plot.

  • This plot inspection is a genuine qualitative survey, taking into account the exposure and age of the vines and the expertise of the wine grower and potentially leading to the discovery of unusual plots, which could – once the juice has been tasted and the harvest tested using photometric methods – be classified amongst the confidential vintages.

THIS PLOT INSPECTION IS PART OF THE ONGOING COMMITMENTS OF THE TERRES SECRÈTES WINE GROWERS
  • Ensuring the optimum traceability and monitoring of our products.

  • Commitment to the development of high-quality, safe products in line with our “terroirs”.

  • Limiting and reducing our environmental footprint.